Edhat's Annual Halloween Story Contest
By edhat staff
We're back with our annual Halloween Story Writing Contest. We understand that being in a global pandemic things are already pretty scary, so we hope this fun exercise will keep your mind off something other than hand sanitizer and toilet paper for at least a few minutes.
Dust off that fountain pen, grab a sheet of parchment and start writing. As usual, we’ve given you a head start.
Here are the rules:
Entries can be no longer than 660 words (including the provided beginning), should be suitable for all ages (PG content, please), must include the opening we have provided, and must contain the following three words or phrases:
- Ellwood Butterfly Grove
- Laffy Taffy
Your story can be scary or funny or something in between. All entries will be judged by an esteemed panel of Ed’s friends, based on the following criteria:
- Word count
- Inclusion of the required beginning and words/phrases, and
- If the judges like it
The first-place winner will win a super spooky prize to be announced soon. Ed will decide any ties. This contest is open to everyone, students included! One story per person, please.
Send your entry to [email protected] by Midnight, 10-25-20. Enter “Halloween Writing Contest” in the subject line. Please include your name. The winner will be announced and the winning story posted on Friday, 10-30-20. Honorable Mention stories will also be posted.
Here’s the beginning of the story…good luck!
I jolt awake in a cold sweat. My clock flashes 3:03 a.m., just as it has every night this week. I groggily walk into the kitchen and pour a glass of water. Staring out the window I see something quickly dart toward the garage. I open the back door and squint into the darkness, my heart is pounding and sweat runs down my face as I move toward the figure.